Review: A Brewing Storm

A Brewing Storm
A Brewing Storm by Richard Castle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you’re a fan of the Castle show and books (and you should be), then this is for you. And possibly few others.

In an effort to further perpetuate the Castle universe, ABC is releasing a companion series to its line of Nikki Heat books in the form of eBook-only novellas that chronicle the story of Derek Storm, Richard Castle’s “first best seller,” with A Brewing Storm first out of the gate.

The story is short, totaling about 80-something pages, and is quite obviously part of a larger arc, thanks to an ending which is hardly more than a build-up for the second novella. Think back to the ending of National Treasure 2 (for the twelve of you who saw it) and you’ve pretty much got the idea.

While it’s not in any way necessary to be acquainted with the show or book series, this is obviously one for the fans who are salivating over the release of Frozen Heat in September and are in dire need of a Castle fix during the summer hiatus. It’s a good book with a solid mystery/crime thriller story that’s less parody and more homage to the likes of James Patterson and John Grisham, which is exactly how the TV series began.

Many readers have voiced outrage over the fact that these are short novellas without a real conclusion, but for $1.99 a pop I think it’s a great deal for a weekend read and certainly worth the time.

In short, I give it 3 out of 5. I don’t mind the short length, but I would have liked a better conclusion rather than the Rocky and Bullwinkle ending we got. Nevertheless, it is enjoyable and I’ll certainly be reading the rest of the series.

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